“Theatre doesn’t last. Only in people’s memories and in their hearts. But that’s life. Beauty and sadness. And that is why theatre is life.”
Like many aspects of life, I started this journey not because I planned to, but because it was just right. I always loved theater, but frankly knew very little about it. Seven years ago, my dear friend Nina Keneally invited me to a table reading of Alfred Uhry’s “Divine Intervention”, and let’s just say that I was hooked. I wanted to know everything I could about theater production. And Nina and her brother Jamie Lightstone were happy to oblige.
I started by enhancing their production of “Transport” (by Tom Keneally and Larry Kirwan, and directed by Tony Walton) at the Irish Rep Theatre, which was my first exposure to mounting a show from start to finish, and then tagged along on the stirring production of “The Last Confession” (and saw the opening at the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto). I will be forever grateful for this introduction to theater and especially these opportunities.
I next branched into two directions – I was offered the opportunity to take over from Roundabout Theatre Company the development of the play “Steinbrenner!” written by Ira Berkow and Bill Madden, which I continued to develop for three years and for which I produced three readings, and I invested in the Off-Broadway Obie Award winning production of James Ortiz’s “The Woodsman” at New World Stage, both enriching experiences.
From there, I stepped up a level and became an investor in the multiple award-winning musical phenomenon “Come From Away”, which now boasts five productions (Broadway, Toronto, a North American Tour in its second year, London and Australia). What pure joy to be associated with this production, its creative team, production team, actors, many of whom I consider friends, co-producers, other investors, and most of the people portrayed in the show.
After traveling to London in 2017 to see multiple shows over a week, including the Olivier Award winning play “The Ferryman” by Jez Butterworth, I did not hesitate to invest in the Broadway production, and was present at Radio City Music Hall to witness it winning the 2019 Tony Award® for Best Play, among other deserving awards.
In 2019, I stepped up another level, and was honored to become a co-producer of the Tony Award® and Drama Desk Award winning play “The Inheritance” by Matthew Lopez.
As with many people who become involved with theater productions, this short career and the successful productions with which I have been fortunate to be associated have motivated me to continue to strive to seek important and entertaining theater to bring to stage.
— Brian Spector